• (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒn.vɛnt/, /ˈkɒn.vənt/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkɑn.vɛnt/

convent (plural convents)

  1. A religious community whose members (especially nuns) live under strict observation of religious rules and self-imposed vows.
  2. The buildings and pertaining surroundings in which such a community lives.
    • 1705 (revised 1718), Joseph Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy
      One seldom finds in Italy a spot of ground more agreeable than ordinary that is not covered with a convent.
  3. (India) A Christian school.
  4. A gathering of people lasting several days for the purpose of discussing or working on topics previously selected.
  5. A coming together; a meeting.
    • 1609, Ben Jonson, The Masque of Queens
      an usual ceremony at their [the witches'] convents or meetings
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convent (convents, present participle conventing; past and past participle convented)

  1. (obsolete) To call before a judge or judicature; to summon; to convene.
    • 1613, William Shakespeare, The Life of King Henry the Eighth, V. i. 52:
      Tomorrow morning to the Council board / He be convented.
  2. (obsolete) To meet together; to concur.
  3. (obsolete) To be convenient; to serve.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, V. i. 379:
      When that is known and golden time convents.

Proper noun
  1. A census-designated place/parish seat in St. James Parish, Louisiana.

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